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September 11, 2014

More than $3.1 million has already been spent this year on TV ads in state supreme court primaries and off-cycle elections, according to estimates provided by Kantar Media/CMAG and released by the Brennan Center and Justice at Stake. 

August 28, 2014

Justice at Stake is pleased to announce that Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jamie Barnett of Venable LLP, who has more than 30 years experience in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve, has joined its Board of Directors. 

August 21, 2014

A post-election poll of Tennessee voters who participated in the August 7 election finds a strong majority is opposed to partisan politics playing a role in the courts or in retention elections for judges.  

August 7, 2014

 WASHINGTON, D.C., August 7–Television ad spending in Tennessee’s Supreme Court election surged past $1.4 million, in a tough contest that attracted money from in-state and out-of-state sources. On Thursday, voters delivered new eight-year terms to all three incumbent Tennessee justices who sought retention to the five-member court.


August 1, 2014

In the final week before the August 7 retention election for three incumbent Tennessee Supreme Court justices, spending has soared over a million dollars with both pro-retention and anti-retention groups investing heavily in television advertising, Justice at Stake has found.

July 23, 2014

A significant new barrage of politically-charged campaign ads hit Tennessee airwaves this week targeting three state Supreme Court justices up for retention.  Among the out-of-state groups spending money to unseat the justices is Americans for Prosperity, a Koch brothers-linked dark money group that also spent money to influence state Supreme Court races in North Carolina and Florida in 2012. 

July 21, 2014

The first television ads calling for voters to oust three Tennessee Supreme Court justices facing retention on August 7th have hit the state’s airwaves, as the retention election continues to heat up.

July 11, 2014

Campaigns to retain three state Supreme Court justices up for retention in Tennessee’s August 7 election have purchased at least $107,610 worth of television airtime and begun airing ads on behalf of the candidates. The justices’ campaigns have reported a fundraising total of  $598,261.99 according to state disclosure records. 

July 9, 2014

Justice at Stake applauded the release by its Honorary Chair, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, of her advancement of a model for choosing state judges. The plan, “The O’Connor Judicial Selection Plan,” is the culmination of a years-long study on judicial selection conducted by the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) and Justice O’Connor. 

July 1, 2014

 Fair and impartial courts in the state of Montana are threatened by a district court order striking down campaign contribution limits, Justice at Stake said in a friend-of-the-court brief.  

June 18, 2014

Justice at Stake Deputy Director of Federal Affairs and Diversity Initiatives Liz Fujii issued the following statement on the historic confirmation of three judges of diverse backgrounds.

June 17, 2014

Justice at Stake, the Brennan Center for Justice, the American Judicature Society, the Campaign Legal Center and the Arizona Judges Association asked the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hold a rehearing on a decision made by a panel of the appellate court in May. 

June 6, 2014

Almost five years ago, the Supreme Court in Caperton v. Massey acknowledged the threat posed to impartial courts by runaway judicial election spending. Today, Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg issued the following statement.

June 3, 2014

Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg issued the following statement regarding reports that three Tennessee Supreme Courts justices are raising significant money for elections this August.

May 21, 2014

 TV Ad Spending in Arkansas Supreme Court Race Doubles from 2012 Election Justice at Stake Contact: Laurie Kinney | lkinney@justiceatstake.org | 202-588-9454 | cell 571-882-3615 Brennan Center for Justice Contact: Seth Hoy | seth.hoy@nyu.edu | 646-292-8369 WASHINGTON, D.C., May 21, 2014- Television ad spending in an Arkansas Supreme Court race totaled $360,500 this year, nearly double what was spent ($168,410) in 2012, according...

May 15, 2014

Historic Brown v. Board of Education Anniversary Offers Time to Reflect on Court’s Importance   Contact: Carolyn Bobb, cbobb@justiceatstake.org, 202-588-9462; cell 240-271-7069   WASHINGTON, D.C., May 16, 2014—Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg issued the following statement on Saturday’s 60th anniversary of the historic Brown v. Board of Education...

May 14, 2014

Diane Humetewa soon will become the first female Native American to serve as a federal judge and the only Native American currently serving as an active judge in the federal courts. Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg issued the following statement on her confirmation by the U.S. Senate for the U.S. District Court in Arizona.

May 7, 2014

The last few days before the May 6th primary saw a surge in advertising expenditures, bringing the reported total in the North Carolina Supreme Court primary effort to oust Justice Robin Hudson to $1,319,686.  Ninety percent of the money was spent by two groups, Justice for All North Carolina and North Carolina Chamber IE PAC, who oppose Hudson. Had she come in third against her challengers, Eric Levinson and Jeanette Doran, she would have been forced off the general election ballot in November. But Doran came in third, and Hudson will face Levinson in the fall.

April 30, 2014

Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg made the following statement today in response to news that the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) has launched a project aimed at backing judicial candidates with conservative ideologies.

April 30, 2014

 JAS: Court-Tampering Plays Role in Botched Oklahoma Execution Contact: Laurie Kinney, lkinney@justiceatstake.org, (202) 588-9454; cell (571) 882-3615 WASHINGTON, D.C., April 30  - In response to the botched execution of an Oklahoma inmate last night, following the governor’s announcement that she would disregard a stay of execution  put in place by the state Supreme...

April 29, 2014

Public records available to date show that advertising expenditures on the North Carolina Supreme Court primary race have surpassed $1 million, including expenditures by candidates themselves and independent groups.  The primary, to be held on May 6, features a three-way race among incumbent Justice Robin Hudson and challengers Eric Levinson and Jeanette Doran.  The two who receive the most votes will face each other in the general election in November.

April 28, 2014

 With the North Carolina primaries a little over a week away on May 6, there are signs that this year’s Supreme Court race is shaping up to be another high-spending contest with a TV ad blitz at the center of the action.

April 24, 2014

Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg made the following statement today in response to an Oklahoma state legislator’s call to impeach five justices of the state’s Supreme Court.  The Court had imposed a temporary stay of execution for two convicted inmates, and was challenged in its authority to do so.   

April 17, 2014

Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg issued the following statement regarding the Missouri legislature’s consideration of a bill that would allow officials, including state and federal judges, prosecutors and police officers, to be sued for attempting to enforce federal firearms restrictions.

April 2, 2014

Following today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, which struck down aggregate limits on how much individuals may contribute to political candidates and party committees in an election cycle, Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg issued the following statement.



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